Vesterheim Youth Programs

Youth and Family Classes

Folk Art School

We’re excited to take creative young minds on an adventure, exploring traditional Scandinavian folk arts, language, and culture with after school classes and online adventures through Vesterheim Folk Art School. Class options include various folk-arts like rosemaling and woodworking, friluftsliv (outdoor activities), book groups, Norwegian language and culture, and more.

Vesterheim’s Youth and Family Classes give young people a chance to be creative, have fun, meet new friends, enjoy family time, and start a life-long love for folk art. All of the instructors are experts in their craft and have experience working with young people.

Find complete info, dates, cost, and registration options here!


(Children's Hour)

Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) continues at Vesterheim!

Vesterheim welcomes preschoolers and their caregivers to Barnetimen. Connect with Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim’s Collection Manager, to explore objects in the museum’s collection and make art inspired by those objects. This free, monthly program for preschoolers and their caregivers encourages exploration and creativity.

Barnetimen meets in the lobby of the museum’s Main Building on the third Tuesday of the month, September through April, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. It is geared toward 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. No reservations are needed, but larger groups of 10 or more are asked to contact the museum the day before the program to help with planning.

Barnetimen Themes 2023-24
September 19, 2023 – Animals
October 17, 2023 – Northern Lights
November 21, 2023 – Embellishment
December 19, 2023 – Holidays
January 16, 2024 – Birthdays
February 20, 2024 – Hearts
March 19, 2024 – Farms
April 16, 2024 – Flowers

Enjoy some previous online Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) programs on Vesteheim’s YouTube channel!

For information about Barnetimen, please contact Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Collection Manager, 563-382-9681,

Barnetimen is supported by generous gifts to the Vesterheim Annual Fund from David and Brenda Carlson and Jim Clarke at Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association.